Kirsty Budge | Andrea Eckersley

I’m not desperate, you’re desperate

1 April – 7 May 2016


Shed by the sun in eclipse

1 April – 7 May 2016


Sarah Scout Presents is delighted to announce solo exhibitions by Kirsty Budge and Andrea Eckersley.


For her first solo exhibition, I’m not desperate, you’re desperate, New Zealand-born Melbourne-based Kirsty Budge presents a suite of new paintings populated with humour, humans, hopes and horrors. Budge’s paintings connect personal experiences, thought patterns, observations and environments through intuitive processes. Real and imagined forms are combined on the same picture plane, and through the process of mark-making each is given equal value in the space of the painting. The structure of each painting emerges through a lengthy process of excavation and application by the artist, resulting in an image that is both a response to and a construction of a personal narrative.


Budge’s work acknowledges a history of painting yet doesn’t take painting as its subject. The gestural and textural paintings in I’m not desperate, you’re desperate are part of an ongoing exploration by the artist that seeks to address historical and contemporary experiences in an attempt to reckon with the then and the now.


Shed by the sun in eclipse comprises bronze sculptures, wall work and new paintings on linen and continues Andrea Eckersley’s ongoing investigation into the material aspects of painting with a particular focus on its surfaces.


Painting is customarily understood as a form of mark making that renders materials and arrangements of lines, or areas of colour, into compositions on surfaces. While a painting can be conceived of as more than a marked surface, it is primarily these surface features and their particular qualities and arrangements that are said to comprise the material aspects of a painting. For Shed by the sun in eclipse Eckersley works with a range of surfaces including painting and sculpture and surface effects such as those achieved with light and shadow. The exhibition approaches painting by way of the activation of surfaces in an event felt as a difference in intensity.

Kirsty Budge has participated in a number of group exhibitions including most recently Return, Daine Singer (2015); Man, Tristian Koenig (2015); Pretty Shit (curated by Colleen Ahern and Mark Hislop), Incidents Above a Bar (2015) and Paintings, C3 (2014), all Melbourne. Budge has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) from the Victorian College of the Arts, where she was recipient of the 2014 Stirling Collective Award for Painting. Her work is in the Artbank Collection and numerous private collections in Australia.
Andrea Eckersley is a Melbourne-based artist and writer with a background in fashion. She recently completed her PhD in FIne Arts at Monash University and currently lectures at RMIT University. Eckersley’s recent solo and group exhibitions include Surface Activation, MADA Galleries, Monash University (2015); Exit/Entry Points (curated by Matthew Perkins), Glen Eira City Council Gallery (2014); Depthless Flatness (curated by Bryan Spier and Steven Rendall), Incidents Above a Bar (2014); Surface Event, Platform Contemporary Art Spaces (2014); Colour Relations, Nellie Castan Gallery (2012), all Melbourne and Spatial Planes, Spiro Grace Art Rooms, Brisbane (2011). In 2015 Eckersley was the recipient of the Royal Como Art Commission.

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